Two 20-year-old men and a 16-year-old girl were facing murder charges Friday in connection with the death of a 17-year-old girl whose body was found in a gully in the San Gabriel Mountains in Azusa.
The body of Johanna Lissette Mejia Gayton was found about 1:15 p.m. on Nov. 24 near Mile Marker 1.24 of East Fork Road, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The coroner’s office listed her cause of death as “blunt head trauma” and the manner as “homicide.”
The victim found by a local resident who was on a walk, Deputy Armando Viera Jr. of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said.
Lt. Derrick Alfred of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau told the Los Angeles Times that investigators believe Gayton, whose body was found face down in the dirt, was killed at the scene.
Christian Granados was arrested on Dec. 1 and Frediz Lopez on Dec. 3 in connection with Gayton’s killing, the sheriff’s department reported. Both men, residents of Los Angeles were charged with murder and were being held without bail. The 16-year-old girl, a resident of Compton, has also been charged with murder and was being held without bail, according to the sheriff’s department.
Officials have not released details about what motivated the killing.
Johanna had a history of running away from her mother’s Sylmar home and from foster care, Alfred told The Times.
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